Is the Filner settlement a good deal?

Barry Jantz Barry Jantz 5 Comments

by Barry Jantz This was published at FlashReport on Sunday. Is the City of San Diego agreement with Bob Filner a good deal for taxpayers? Maybe we can start by agreeing on something.  It really chaps the common hide to think the city would enter into any settlement whatsoever with the soon-to-be former but already disgraced mayor.  If it were …

You wanna win? Be present

Tony Manolatos Tony Manolatos 6 Comments

[captionpix imgsrc=”http://sdrostra.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/IMG_1965.jpg” captiontext=”Dwayne Crenshaw and me”] Most people know nothing about local politicians and just about everyone else knows one or two things about them. So if the one thing a politician is known for is charm, he or she is probably winning on Election Day. I haven’t seen any research that tells me this but it’s a theory that makes …

Pension Reform Panel

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SDCTA Breakfast Panel: The Future of Pension Reform: What’s Next? Date: Thursday, March 14, 2013 Time: 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM Organizer: San Diego County Taxpayers Association Sponsor: REFORM San Diego Panelists Include: Carl DeMaio – Founder and Chairman of Reform San Diego Hon. Jan Goldsmith – San Diego City Attorney Tim Davis – Partner at Burke, Williams & Sorensen, …

Will Filner Finish His Term?

B-Daddy B-Daddy 8 Comments

Bob Filner appears a little unhinged, and frankly unprofessional in a video from local news station NBC 7.  He hijacks a news conference by City Attorney Jan Goldsmith to make accusations of unprofessional conduct.  His view of the role of the City Attorney appears entirely unbalanced.  The City Attorney can’t be fired by the mayor, because he is elected directly …

Ferret Lovers Covet Maienschein’s Backing

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As originally posted on Flash Report. Ferret lovers coveting Assemblyman-elect Brian Maienschein’s backing might be in for disappointment. Evidently, LeagalizeFerrets.org founder Pat Wright fell to despair when two supportive candidates lost in the general election on November 6. Yet, he wrote in his recent newsletter this fuzzy note of love: “There was one person elected who had some ferret knowledge. …

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith Endorses DeMaio for San Diego Mayor

Carl DeMaio Carl DeMaio 2 Comments

Former Judge and Assemblyman says DeMaio is “Willing to Roll up his Sleeves and Work with Others to Ensure the City is Properly Managed on a Day to Day Basis” With the fall campaign moving full-steam ahead, San Diego Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio picked up an important, citywide endorsement today from San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith who touted DeMaio’s …

A Q & A with City Attorney Jan Goldsmith

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[captionpix imgsrc=”http://sdrostra.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/imgres.jpg” captiontext=”Jan Goldsmith”] Goldsmith weighs in on the San Diego Mayor’s Race, the San Diego Convention Center expansion and more   As the only candidate for citywide office with no opponent in the upcoming election, Rostra thought it would be a good time to check in with San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith to discuss his first term in …

How Sanders (Mostly) Got His Groove Back … and SD Labor Doesn’t Like It

Ryan Purdy Ryan Purdy 26 Comments

Remember back in 2010 when the local Municipal Employees Association went crying to its state level big brother, Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), about Mayor Jerry Sanders using the power and prestige of his office to inspire and endorse Prop D, the sales tax increase? No I don’t remember that either, because it did not happen. However, I do recall …

City Attorney: Retiree Health Agreement ‘Achieves an excellent result for City’

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Historic agreement helps San Diego avoid years of costly legal battles City Attorney Jan Goldsmith lauded the agreement the City reached today with labor unions to drastically reduce retiree health costs — a move that will save San Diego taxpayers more than $700 million. “This settlement … achieves an excellent result for the City,” Goldsmith said today at a joint news conference …

Block for Senate, (Insert Name Here) for Assembly

South Bay Sunnycrest South Bay Sunnycrest 2 Comments

In local political news today, the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote that Marty Block — everyone’s favorite tax-raising-after-he-promised-not-to-do-so Democrat — is looking to run for the State Senate seat currently held by a termed-out Christine Kehoe. Former Assemblywoman Lori Saldana is in the mix, and there are rumblings that newly-elected Assemblywoman Toni Atkins might jump in. All depending upon redistricting, of …

Second Lawsuit Filed Challenging Proposition D

The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal Leave a Comment

This just in to Rostra: the “fiscal impact analysis” prepared for Proposition D, the City of San Diego’s half-cent sales tax initiative is being challenged under California Elections Code §9295 in a lawsuit which alleges that the required analysis provided by the City of San Diego is “not impartial, not accurate, and misleads the public.” “It’s time the voters are …

DeMaio and Goldsmith to Lead Pension Reform Forum at GOP State Convention

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Duo to Outline Ways to Legally Reform State and Local Pension Benefits What: Special Forum for state and local officials at the California Republican Convention. Who: Councilmember Carl DeMaio City Attorney Jan Goldsmith Jack Dean, Vice President, Californians for Pension Reform When: August 21st, 2010 2:30pm – 4:00pm Where: Manchester Hyatt Cunningham Room A/B/C 1 Market Place San Diego, CA. …

Luncheon Featuring San Diego’s “Bipartisan Duo” DeMaio & Frye

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SD’s Catfish Club Invites You to Join a Forum with Councilmembers Carl DeMaio and Donna Frye Who says a Republican and a Democrat can’t work together? Councilmembers Carl DeMaio (R) and Donna Frye (D) have been strange bedfellows during their time serving on the City Council together. For the past two years they have come together to push for pension …